What the car of 2050 will look like


Auto Trader has revealed its predictions for what cars will look like 30 years from now – a fully electric, colour-changing vehicle with space for passengers to make the most of the time they spend in their autonomous vehicle – by relaxing, doing yoga or even sleeping while they commute.

Featuring ‘digital paint’, the car allows passengers to change the colour and style of the car from the tap of an app, depending on their mood.With advances in technology, this feature could be widely available as early as 2040.

Designed to be a home away from home, passengers can relax and unwind on the built-in mattress in the centre of the spacious cabin – a feature which 24% of motorists said they would use for catching up on much-needed sleep.In addition, 13% of men said they would use it for some intimate time with their partner!

Drivers also said they’d like to reclaim their commute time by delving into a good book from the built-in library (22%) or binge-watching their favourite shows and movies from the large in-built TV screen (19%).Other popular recreational uses for the spacious design included beating friends and family at board games (16%), getting hair and makeup done en-route to an event (15% of women would do this), and practicing yoga (4%).

Catering to the 10% of drivers who want their car to be fully voice-operated in future, the car welcomes passengers with a friendly AI that helps them set their preferred driving speed and style, whether out for a leisurely Sunday drive or dashing home for dinner.

The 2050 car is also fitted with windows that extend over the roof in one large bubble, offering more head room so that passengers can move around freely during transit.It features 360-degree panoramic views for sitting back, relaxing and enjoying an autonomous ride, plus black-out functionality on the windows which can be activated with a quick tap.

The government’s recent announcement on bringing forward the ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars to 2035 is already influencing what Brits are looking for,” Auto Trader’s Rory Reid said. “Overnight, we saw a 165% increase in searches for electric vehicles on Auto Trader. So it’s no surprise that the 2050 car will be fully electric.But it’s fascinating to think what these advancements, including driverless tech, could mean for the actual design of cars and how they could be used.

“The concept of digital paint and the implications this may have for those looking to buy new cars is in keeping with consumer trends and our growing desire for personalisation. People are increasingly using technology to express themselves and this tech would remove the need to wait for a colour of car to come into stock or fork out extra to have a car spray painted a certain colour.”

Futurologist Tom Cheesewright added: “Tomorrow’s car takes you from A to B with minimum fuss and in maximum style. Future technologies will give designers free reign to create more space and comfort, so that we can get on with our lives while an AI takes care of the driving. While our cars won’t be flying any time soon, we can all benefit from cleaner, quieter, safer roads. In just 20 years, the age of the combustion engine will be well and truly over.”

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